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Table 1 Baseline characteristics of the six participating study hospitals in the northern and central part of Switzerland [15].

From: Procalcitonin guided antibiotic therapy and hospitalization in patients with lower respiratory tract infections: a prospective, multicenter, randomized controlled trial

Baseline characteristics of the study hospitals
  Universitäts-spital Basel Kantonsspital Liestal Kantonsspital Luzern Kantonsspital Aarau Bürgerspital Solothurn Kantonsspital Münsterlingen
Status Public Public Public Public Public Public
Number of beds 694 371 616 539 254 252
Mean length of stay (days) 8.5 9.9 8.5 8.5 9.3 8.3
% of private medical coverage* 28.3 19.0 18.9 18.5 25.1 15
Medical staff** 849 125 414 376 97 350
Nursing staff** 1047 315 1074 979 417 414
  1. *Average of medical and surgical patients
  2. ** All personal for the care of medical and surgical patients